A big, juicy kebab is just the ticket when you’re feeling hungover, or more commonly picked up on the way home from the pub to soak up all that alcohol. But do you ever stop to think about where you’re picking up your kofta or doner kebab from? Most kebabs contain meat of some kind, and if that meat is not stored or cooked properly, the result could be kebab food poisoning that could lead to a very dodgy tummy, or worse.
Poor food hygiene at your local kebab house – such as not washing hands, dirty food prep surfaces or pest infestation – could lead to contamination of your food, so you could be getting more than a side order of chips with your kebab. Kebab food poisoning has the potential to happen anywhere that serves kebabs. If meat is not stored at the correct temperature, or if raw and cooked meat are stored in the same containers, contamination could occur. If your kebab isn’t cooked properly, food poisoning bacteria may not be killed off, which could leave you in need of a few days off work to recover from nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Food poisoning complications
There is a more serious side to food poisoning too. Campylobacter (bacteria found in chicken) food poisoning could lead to complications such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, which could lead to paralysis, or even septicaemia (blood poisoning). So next time you’re craving a meaty kebab, it might be worth checking out the food hygiene rating of your local kebab shop online, to see how hygienic they are. If you do suffer kebab food poisoning, at least you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Provided it has been less than three years since your food poisoning incident, you could make a claim – don’t delay though, as once the three-year time limit has passed, you won’t be able to claim.
No need to turn veggie
There’s no need to ditch the kebabs and turn vegetarian if you’ve been affected by food poisoning after a dodgy kebab. Instead, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and we look at every claim individually. We’ll be able to tell you whether you have a viable claim, and how much compensation you could expect to receive. All of this, and there’s no obligation to proceed. If you do decide to go ahead and make that claim, our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so you’ll have more money left over for the next time you pop for a takeaway.
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen